Spain and Italy 0-0 at halftime at Euro 2012

Spain and Italy 0-0 at halftime at Euro 2012

Published Jun. 10, 2012 1:48 p.m. ET

Spain and Italy were even at 0-0 at halftime in their European Championship opener Sunday.

Aiming for a third consecutive major championship, Spain dominated with its short-passing game but struggled to finish, while Italy produced a few dangerous counterattacks.

After two poor shots from David Silva, Italy had the first real threat with a free kick from Andrea Pirlo in the 13th minute, drawing a diving save from Iker Casillas.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon easily stopped a low shot from Andres Iniesta in the 30th, while at the other end Casillas had trouble gathering a volley from Claudio Marchisio in the 36th. Thiago Motta then headed a shot at Casillas just before halftime.


Italy forward Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for a foul on Jordi Alba in the 37th.